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How and Why to Revise With a Reverse Outline (Episode 43)

You may know about outlining as a pre-writing strategy, but have you heard about reverse outlining? A reverse outline is a great tool to use once you have written a draft. Claire and Max explain what a reverse outline looks like, how to create one, and how it can help you strengthen your writing.

Duration: 00:54:55

Using Creative Writing Strategies in Academic Writing (Episode 42)

You don't have to be a creative writer to use these tips! Join writing instructors Max and Claire for a discussion of creative writing strategies--such as knowing where you're going and how you're going to get there, writing exploratory drafts, anticipating audience response, getting a secondary reader, and understanding deconstruction--that you can use to strengthen your academic writing. Blog posts mentioned in this episode: Narrative Writing: Scholarly Narrative Overview:...

Duration: 00:23:50

Meet Your Reviewer: Kacy Walz's Review Approach, Writing Advice, and Recommended Resource (Ep 41)

Meet Kacy Walz, PhD student and Walden University Writing Center writing instructor! Beth and Kacy talk about Kacy's approach to reviewing student papers, the best writing advice she has received, and a writing resource she loves to recommend to students. Resources mentioned in this episode: - Writing Center paper reviews for Walden students: http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/paperreviews - Walden Writing Center Blog: http://waldenwritingcenter.blogspot.com We’d love to hear...

Duration: 00:07:24

Positive Affirmations, Part 2 (Episode 40)

Listen to and repeat these positive writing affirmations to create an uplifting mindset as you write. You can play this episode as often as you'd like! We recommend first listening to Positive Affirmations, Part 1 (Episode 39), in which Brittany explains how academic writers can use affirmations.

Duration: 00:04:32

Positive Writing Affirmations, Part 1 (Episode 39)

Brittany makes an announcement, shares her experience with positive affirmations, and talks with Beth about how students can use affirmations to create an uplifting, supportive mindset about their writing process and progress. After listening, check out Part 2 (episode 40) for writing affirmations that you can use to increase your writing positivity.

Duration: 00:14:23

The Literature Review Matrix: What It Is, How to Use It, and How to Make it Work For You

Have you heard of the literature review matrix? It’s a tool you’ll want to know about if you’re working on, or going to be working on, any major research and writing project. If you are familiar with the matrix but aren’t yet sure how to use it or haven’t found it helpful, then this episode is for you, too. Brittany shares why she loves the matrix as a researching, writing, and teaching tool, and Beth explains why she was hesitant about the matrix at first but how students can tailor it to...

Duration: 01:02:55

Transitioning to Master’s-Level Writing (Episode 37)

If you’re starting or in the early stages of a master’s degree program, then this is the episode for you! Beth and Brittany break down differences between undergraduate-level and master’s-level writing and share tips on how to transition between them.

Duration: 00:59:39

Social Change and Difficult Conversations (Episode 36)

When working for positive social change, what can we do when others disagree on what change is needed or how to enact change? How do we find common ground and keep discussions productive? Can academic writing teach us anything about how to approach and navigate difficult conversations?

Duration: 01:08:07

A Brief Daily Session Walk-Through—Mindful Writing, Part 2 (Episode 35)

In our follow-up to last month’s episode on mindful writing, Jes and Max are back to lead a brief daily session. Find a writing project and a timer, and follow along through the four steps: prepare, write, pause, reflect. To get the most out of this brief daily session, we suggest first listening to WriteCast episode 34, “Taking Care of Yourself With Mindful Writing.”

Duration: 01:00:46

Tackling Transitions (Episode 33)

Want to make your academic writing flow smoothly and logically? Learn how with Beth and Brittany as they discuss using transitions within and between paragraphs.

Duration: 00:13:30

The Great Debate: Continuity or Variety in Writing Feedback? (Episode 32)

Is it better to work with the same writing instructor or tutor over time, or to mix it up? In this friendly debate, Beth and Brittany discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each approach.

Duration: 00:07:53

5 Tips for Using Writing Feedback (Episode 27)

A tutor, professor, or peer has given you feedback on your writing–now, what? In this episode, Beth and Brittany share five tips for what do to with feedback you get on your papers or other academic writing.

Duration: 00:56:05

A Discussion About Discussion Posts (Episode 25)

Discussion posts are a common assignment at Walden and many other universities. This month, Beth and Brittany chat with writing instructor and contributing faculty member Hillary about the purpose of the discussion board and how to be an effective participant.

Duration: 00:58:53

Episode 22: Make APA Style Work for You: How to Navigate Grey Areas

APA style rules aren’t always black and white, or even in the manual. In this episode, Brittany and Beth discuss some “grey areas” of APA style and how students can approach them in their writing.

Duration: 00:23:05

Episode 19: The Literature Review: Tackling the Hard Questions

This month on WriteCast, Beth and Amy discuss some challenging questions about writing a literature review, such as When can you stop researching and start writing? When do you know you’re finished? How long should the literature review be?

Duration: 00:17:05

Episode 17: 5 Tips for Establishing a Writing Practice

Want to strengthen your writing in this year? Check out Nik and Brittany’s five tips for getting into a regular, productive writing practice.

Episode 16: Why You Need to Join a Writing Community

Being a part of a writing community is a great way for student writers to connect with each other, stay motivated, keep each other accountable to writing goals, share challenges, and celebrate successes. This month, hosts Nik and Brittany chat with Dissertation Editor Lydia about the importance of having a writing community, the communities that the Walden University Writing Center offers, and new resources for doctoral students.

Duration: 00:14:52